Imroze Khan (Principal Investigator)
“I am a biologist with a broad interest in how organisms adapt to pathogenic infections and what the underlying genetic basis is.
I am primarily using experimental evolution to understand selective forces behind different immune strategies (e.g. memory, resistance, tolerance) in a diverse life-history contexts (e.g. repeated vs. rare pathogen exposure, ageing, environmental and nutrient stress). At the same time, I am also taking a stab at genetics as a tool to understand the mechanisms”
Pavan, PhD student (Jan 2018-present; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Being enthusiastic about biology as a kid pushed me to learn and explore more and thus pursue a doctoral degree in this field.
Basabi Bagchi, PhD student (Jan 2018-present; Email: email@example.com): I possess degrees in microbiology and biochemistry but the area of biology that interests me the most is evolution. During my masters I received an opportunity to study experimental evolution hands-on, sealing my decision to choose evolutionary biology for my doctoral studies. I would like to answer fundamental questions about evolution in relation to insect immunity, using both biochemical and molecular tools. Apart from academics, I am an ardent bird watcher. I love travelling to different wildlife sanctuaries and forests and try to capture their beauty through my camera. Last but not the least, I am a foodie with a major sweet tooth!
Saubhik Sarkar, PhD student (Sept 2018-present; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org): I hail from Malda, and I completed my Masters in Zoology from BHU. My research interest lies in the broad areas of life-history evolution, non-genetic inheritance, ageing of immune response and host-parasite co-evolution. I love reading, especially the work of Satyajit Ray, Haruki Murakami and Matt Ridley. A big time foodie, I am always on the lookout for places with great food! That’s not all, for I am also a professional table tennis player.
Manasven, Undergraduate Intern: I’m a biology undergrad interested in palaeontology, evolution and prehistory
Devshuvam Banerji, Undergraduate Intern: A nature lover and a pluviophile
Srijan Seal, PhD student (February 2019- present; Email: email@example.com): I have keen interest in tracing the evolutionary changes in immunology and how the basic framework has evolved from the lower group of organisms to higher eukaryotes. I find using insect as a model to study selective forces that govern adaptive evolution of immune responses quite appealing. Having completed integrated Msc. course in Biotechnology, I am looking forward to unravel and learn more about how the immune system has gradually evolved in organisms which live in coexistence with millions of microbes using molecular tools. I love to teach children and interact with them as often as I can. In my spare time, I like to sketch, cook and observe Nature.
Summer students (2018)
Bhavya Dugar; Shashwat Goyal; Shreya Verma; Manasven Raina; Yajushi Khurana, Devshuvam Banerji